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Etta Brown Terrell House

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1937, Westfall and Wade. North end of Kendall St., Berclair, 15 miles southwest of Goliad

Etta Brown Terrell, widow of rancher Crogan Ludlow Terrell, built this steel-framed, brick-faced Texas Palladian villa as the showplace of Berclair, a hamlet midway between Goliad and Beeville developed around a cattle-loading stop on the Gulf, Western Texas and Pacific Railway. The Corpus Christi architects designed a two-story house with a wide, inset, two-story central loggia framed by end bays of buff brick and capped by a low-pitched hipped roof surfaced with red tile. Paired Tuscan columns support a central pediment. The shaded void at the center of the house gives the house its spatial presence, monumentalizing the front porch and visually projecting the house into the landscape so that it attracts the attention of motorists passing by on U.S. 59, several blocks south.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



Gerald Moorhead et al., "Etta Brown Terrell House", [Goliad, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 503-504.

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